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Algeria Opposition Party Calls on Army to Draw Inspiration from Sudan Transition

Algeria Opposition Party Calls on Army to Draw Inspiration from Sudan Transition

Tuesday, 20 August, 2019 - 11:45
Demonstrators stand atop of a building during a protest in Algiers, Algeria March 15, 2019. (Reuters)
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An Algerian opposition party urged the authorities and army to draw inspiration from Sudan's experience and open negotiations on a “democratic transition” to solve the current crisis in the country.

Sudan's ruling military council reached an agreement with the leaders of the protests that would pave the way for a three-year transitional phase in preparation for civilian rule.

In Algeria, the popular movement led President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down in April. However, leaders of the movement still want the overhaul of the political class that was established during his era.

They aim for a transitional period that paves the way for a new authority.

But the authorities, led by the army, completely reject this demand.

In a statement, the Socialist Forces Front (FFS) said authorities should be inspired by the Sudanese example to launch a serious, inclusive, transparent and unconditional dialogue for an effective democratic transition.

FFS, established in 1963, hailed “the Sudanese people, their political class and their civil society for their exemplary commitment to the struggle for democracy and the rule of law with peaceful dialogue and non-violence as their only weapon.”

In an effort to resolve the current crisis, Algerian authorities had called for “dialogue” that was limited to only discussing the organization of presidential elections.

The polls have been rejected by protesters, who fear it would be used by the regime to remain in power.

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